Fodor's Expert Review Dalvay-by-the-Sea

16 Cottage Cres., just off Rte. 6, near Dalvay Beach, Stanhope, Prince Edward Island, C0A 1P0, Canada

Built in 1895 as the summer retreat for a U.S. oil tycoon, this sprawling Queen Anne Revival "cottage" on the east edge of Prince Edward Island National Park is filled with antique furnishings, giving guest rooms a lovely period look. The nearby three-bedroom guesthouses (added in the 1990s) are more countrified. After enjoying beach time and free on-site activities like paddleboating, kayaking, tennis, and croquet, you can sip a cocktail or "take tea" on the pretty porch. Dinner is served nightly in the well-regarded MacMillan Dining Room. Dalvay prides itself on providing royal treatment, too: it hosted Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge when they visited PEI on their first official trip together in the summer of 2011.

PROS

  • vintage vibe
  • 328 feet from the beach
  • free Wi-Fi

CONS

  • no air-conditioning
  • no TVs in guest rooms
  • no kitchens in cottages

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
HistoricalViews
Intimate
Near the beach
Private
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 902-672–2048 | 888-366–2955

HOTEL DETAILS

26 rooms, 8 cottages
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.–May

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